A Love Letter to Italy

Oct 20, 2021 319

BY: Patricia Gallupoli Russo

I woke up recently with Italy on my mind, and then started my morning by sipping my coffee while pondering the question, “Why do I love Italy so much?” Of course, everyone loves Italy, even non-Italians from all over the world, who travel to and fall in love with the culture and history. How can you not fall in love with the beauty of the landscape, the art, the music, the poetry, the food, the people! Ah, the people, therein I think may lie the answer to why I truly love being in Italy.

When I think of growing up, I smile. I’m one of the lucky ones who grew up with Italian immigrant parents. We, like many of you, lived as Italians. My parents spoke to each other in Italian when they didn’t want us to know what they were saying. My brothers and sisters and I never learned Italian because our parents wanted us to be all-American, even though we pretty much lived Italian. I’m sure many of you had the same experience. To this day, not being fluent in Italian is one of my biggest regrets.

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